The tax base in many areas of United States has been absolutely devastated as millions of jobs have left the country. Hundreds of cities are drowning in debt and are desperately trying to survive.
Last year, city government revenues in the United States fell by another 2.3 percent.
That was the fifth year in a row with a decline.
So what are cities doing to make
ends meet? Well, one big trend is that many
U.S. cities have been getting rid of huge numbers of employees. 72 percent of
all U.S. cities are laying workers off this year. Social services and
essential infrastructure programs are also being savagely cut back in
many areas of the country.
Below an incredible collection of stories from the hellholes:
Street lights get repossessed because of unpaid electric bills
Police does no longer prosecute domestic violence cases in order to save money.
Municipality stops sending out pension checks to retired workers.
City rips up asphalt roads and replaces them with gravel because gravel is cheaper to maintain.
City eliminates the entire public bus system.
Nearly half of all the people in Detroit can't read.
One out of every ten homes sells for under $10,000.
You can literally buy a house for one dollar.
Hundreds of people living in the tunnels underneath the streets.
Nearly half of the public schools in the city shut down because of a lack of money.
10 most dangerous cities in the world.
Prostitution and drug dealing are two of the only viable businesses that remain.
Police chief announces that the police department will no longer respond to calls about burglary and identity theft due to very deep budget cuts.